WWE Monday Night RAW Review (9/20/2021) by Anthony S. DiSalvatore
If you caught my review of RAW last week, you know Big E won the belt and I hate it. Besides that E has been a clown pretty consistently for like eight years, Bobby Lashley came out looking like the hero! He was forced to defend the belt after beating Randy Orton, fought through an injury, and the belt was stolen from him! Bobby’s looking pretty sympathetic right about now. It’s only a matter of time before he kills the clown. Then all will be right with the world again. Tonight’s episode comes from Raleigh, NC. The program opens with Big E’s championship celebration. I have a rule about these, so I’m skipping it.
New Day vs. Roman Reigns & Usos
I’ve seen enough of New Day and The Usos. Just because they went from Smackdown to here this week doesn’t mean there’s anything different or special here. Hopefully, Reigns can tag in soon and end this thing faster than usual. While this match is dragging for a few minutes, now’s the perfect time to plug CHUCKY, a new series that will be premiering on both USA Network and SyFy on October 12th! Be sure and program your recording devices, and double-check to make sure they work properly. Mine only works when it wants to. Reigns and E finally tag in. One of these things is not like the other! They trade punches, then Big E does his usual comeback, complete with usual suplexes. He tries for a splash but eats the Rock Bottom from Roman instead for a two count. Roman calls for the Superman Punch, but E completes his comeback. The other New Day guys get involved just long enough for Reigns to lay E out with a Superman punch.
Here comes Bobby Lashley, who’s rightfully pissed after he had the belt STOLEN from him last week. He proceeds to wreck everyone, including running through E with a spear. Woods is left all alone and takes a spear from Roman for the pin. Just to make a point, Bobby spears Roman after the match ends. Don’t mess with the champ! Big E gets speared through the barricade wall and Bobby’s the only one standing. Who’s the champ now?! No more of this bullshit! After the match, Bobby goes backstage and tells the higher-ups that he has zero trouble running through Big E or Roman Reigns at any time. No lies detected!
Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles
This match should be solid, although I’m already getting tired of seeing it. Randy Orton has recruited his young ward Matt Riddle to keep AJ’s giant associate busy. Not the best idea, but maybe Randy has some other grander plan in the works right now. Randy goes for the RKO early, but Styles is able to avoid it. Randy tries to kick AJ’s head off, but Omos is there to trip him. The ref sees it and ejects him, but more importantly, Riddle’s been playing to the crowd the whole time like a dork. Riddle gets dropped with one shot by Omos. Randy comes out for the assist, but Styles dives on him instead. Omos finally leaves, but why? None of the security here can force him to leave!
After a commercial break so everyone can compose themselves, Orton tries for a comeback. He’s foiled during a ten punch, but it doesn’t last long. Styles doesn’t have much of a chance at this point. He goes after Orton’s leg, then takes a powerslam for a two count. Orton goes for his rope DDT, but it’s blocked. Styles sets up for the forearm smash, but Orton tries for an RKO instead. Styles sees it coming and hooks on a sleeper hold. Orton breaks free and the match continues. Styles wants the Styles Clash, but Orton backdrops out of it. Styles does a Lionsault for a two count. AJ sets up for the forearm again but gets distracted by Riddle. He gets dropped with a DDT and an RKO for the win. Solid match! Randy’s bleeding above his eye and Riddle seems like nothing more than a cheerleader at this point. These teams should move on from each other soon.
Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza vs. Mustafa Ali & Mansoor
A new tag team! There’s a pre-recorded promo before this match that clarifies Humberto and Garza are only teaming up because there was nothing better for either guy to do. The pace is very fast and tough to follow. Everybody goes to the floor and they all take turns getting slammed into the barricade and ringpost. Carrillo and Garza win after a combination Indian deathlock and dropkick. What a bummer. Also, they entered to salsa music, which doesn’t suit them well in my mind. They’re not exactly trying to win the crowd over in this match.
Sheamus vs. Jeff Hardy
This is a rematch from a few years ago, but if Jeff Hardy’s able to win this time, he’ll be added to the upcoming United States title match between Damian Priest and Sheamus. As a rule, I hate those, so I’m not looking forward to the match if Jeff wins. Speaking of triple threats, there’s been one added for later which will feature Bobby Lashley, Roman Reigns, and Big E. One of these things is not like the other! It’s all Sheamus from the start, Jeff has no chance of matching his power. After a break, Jeff makes a comeback. We’ve seen this many times now. Sheamus’s protective steel facemask comes off! Jeff goes for his slingshot dropkick, but eats Sheamus’s foot instead. Sheamus’s nose is bleeding again! Damian Priest, who’s been on commentary for this match, is rooting for Jeff to win. Moron! If Jeff wins, that means you can lose the belt without being pinned. It would only hurt your chances to win by adding an opponent! Jeff goes for the Flippity Flop and lands hard on Sheamus’s knees. He’ll be pissing blood after that one! Sheamus loses after a sunset flip, so we have another triple threat coming up. I’m so sick of these!
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Big E
As you know by now, I’m not a fan of triple threats, but I’ll give this one a chance. If only Big E wasn’t here! Just by seeing the entrances, it’s immediately clear that one of these things is not like the other. E enters the ring and goes after Bobby right away, while Reigns stands there and watches. Fair enough! E does his apron splash on Bobby, then gets nailed with a Reigns dropkick. After another break, it appears Bobby has pummeled both of his opponents in the interim. E tries to play to the crowd at Bobby’s expense, while Roman rocks him with a single punch. Roman tries for his big dropkick on Bobby, but ends up getting clotheslined! Big E takes a big Samoan drop from Reigns and leaves for a while, so things can only get better from here.
Roman and Bobby go to the top rope and it’s time for the combination powerbomb and suplex that we see in every main event triple threat match now. Every one of these triple threats follows a formula. I wish Roman had taken his usual four minutes to get to the ring so this match could be shorter. Roman stops for a dramatic reading and Big E starts his comeback. He goes for the big splash, but Bobby drags him out of the ring and shitcans him. Bobby’s in the zone now! Roman takes a delayed vertical suplex for a two-count. Big E splashes both guys and almost gets the pin on Bobby. I guess that’s all he’s got. Roman sets up for the Superman Punch but gets the Big Ending instead. Bobby’s pissed and decides to chokeslam E through the announce table! That should be it for him tonight.
Bobby wants the spear but gets the punch instead. Roman sets up for the spear, but Bobby does one of his own instead. Great contact on that move. E recovers in about 30 seconds after being chokeslammed through the table, just in time to break up the pin. That’s ridiculous. Big E does his inside-out spear on Roman, then drops him with the Big Ending for a two count. Bobby comes in with a chair and breaks the pin up. The ref can only watch! There’s no disqualification in a triple threat match! Roman spears Bobby for the pin. Fuck this! This match would have been a lot better if E were never in it, because he just can’t compete with the other guys. In Bobby Lashley and Roman, you have two massive snarling beasts who crush people. Roman doesn’t have Bobby’s background, but at least he looks the part. Meanwhile, Big E throws pancakes at people and can’t go anywhere without Kofi Kingston grinning while he drags him down. At least E didn’t pin either guy, but then why is he the champion? Most of this program was paint by numbers, but Bobby Lashley wrecking everyone, in the beginning, was fun to watch at least. Extreme Rules is this Sunday, which will give WWE the perfect opportunity to pull the plug on what will surely amount to a failed experiment with Big E as their champion. I can only hope!